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The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time  

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List Rules Only players who are known primarily as relief pitchers or closers. No starting pitchers

The greatest relief pitchers of all time include some of the best current MLB players, as well as some legends who are already in the baseball hall of fame. What do you think: Is Mariano Rivera the best relief pitcher in baseball history? Vote for the players you think deserve the top honor, and vote down any that you don't think are worthy. Also, rerank this list in any order you want. Here's the thing about a really great relief pitcher: They are golden. They really are, because if you find a great team that's performing extremely well, during the regular or the post-season, the chances are very good that they've got an ace relief pitcher at the end of the rotation. All that work, all those runs accrued, mean absolutely nothing if things fall apart in the ninth inning. A great closer seals the deal, period. If you want to vote some more, why not head over and decide who you think is the greatest curveball pitcher or the best hittters in baseball history, too?
list ordered by
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Mariano Rivera is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
2
Goose Gossage is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
3
Dennis Eckersley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
4
Rollie Fingers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
5
Trevor Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
6
Bruce Sutter is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
7
Lee Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
8
Billy Wagner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
jangulo added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
9
John Smoltz is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
rcdwhiteley added Starting pitcher, Pitcher
10
Hoyt Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher
11
Dan Quisenberry is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
12
Sparky Lyle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
13
Aroldis Chapman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Countermoon added Pitcher
14
Craig Kimbrel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
15
Tug McGraw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
16
John Franco is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Franco Relief pitcher, Pitcher
17
Dave Righetti is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
JoeVatalaro added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
18
Jeff Reardon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Relief pitcher, Pitcher
19
Joe Nathan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Joe Nathan Relief pitcher, Setup pitcher, Pitcher
20
Kent Tekulve is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Kent Tekulve Relief pitcher, Pitcher
21
Francisco Rodríguez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
22
Tom Henke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Tom Henke Relief pitcher, Pitcher
23
John Wetteland is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
John Wetteland Relief pitcher, Pitcher
24
Éric Gagné is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
C_Moorehead added Relief pitcher, Pitcher
25
Bobby Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Relief Pitchers of All Time
Pitcher